At St. Mary's, welcome is central to all we do. We aim to create an inclusive enviroment where all newcomers and regular worshipers feel valued, cared for, and have the opportunity to grow in faith.
Jesus calls us all to invite and welcome others to know him.
Our church community is here to help in that mission.
If you are a first time visitor, we hope to make the unfamiliar into a positive experience. You are always welcome to explore and experience the church community and journey with new friends.
WHEN CAN I VISIT?
We are now open again for public worship, and we are gathering at 10am on Sundays. To help with Contact Tracing, we are asking that you sign up let us know if you're coming. Don't worry if you've not been before; it would be lovely to see you. Click here to find out about how to join us, and about our online service.
We are also open on Wednesdays: Morning prayer at 9am, then open for private prayer until midday.
WHERE CAN I PARK?
We have a good sized car park for church visitors and Hall users right in front of the church, accessed from Davidson Avenue/Swinbourne Gardens.
IS THE CHURCH WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Our main entrance is step-free, we have wide doors, and we have accessible toilets. We do not have pews so wheelchairs are easily accommodated in church.
[Currently our car park has a step (which can be avoided by using the path). There are plans to have the car park and all paths step-free by the end of 2020. Please get in touch if you have any concerns].
CAN I BRING CHILDREN?
Absolutely! We welcome children to all of our services and we believe that they are an important part of our worshipping community. Our 10am Service on a Sunday has separate activities for children during term time, and there are always things to do in our children's corner. We have baby changing facilities and room to park.
*NOTE* we are not able to provide extra activities for children under social distancing guidelines. We hope we can return to normal as soon as possible. Children are very welcome to attend our services and sit with you.
I'M NOT SURE OF MY FAITH. CAN I STILL COME?
Of course! Our church is not a club house for people who have all the answers. We all have doubts and all of us struggle to live the life Jesus wants for us. We hope that St Mary's is a place when you can feel closer to God, and closer to your neighbours. If you would like to talk about your faith, please get in touch with one of the staff team.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT?
We hope that coming to church is an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. When you arrive, you will be welcomed on the door, and our welcoming team will make sure you have everything you need for the service. Everything is explained, and the atmosphere is relaxed. People often say they are worried about when to stand up or sit down. We don't have hard and fast rules at St Mary's, so you can do as you feel, or follow others.
WHAT IS HOLY COMMUNION?
Sometimes called 'The Eucharist', Holy Communion is the service where we take a small piece of bread and a sip of wine. We do this in response to Jesus' command to his disciples to do it in remembrance of his sacrifice for them. When we eat the bread and drink the wine we believe that Jesus comes to dwell in us, and we become part of the 'body of Christ'. We have gluten free communion wafers; if you need one, just let us know when you arrive.
If there's a question you'd like answering that hasn't been included above, please feel free to contact us